Relax in a beautiful outdoor setting, beneath trees that turn orange with the changing season, under a ceilinged sky that turns pink then grey then black with the setting sun. A meal at Café Paradiso truly feels like you’ve escaped the city, despite being a two minute drive from the bustling CBD. Located on trendy Kloof Street, it’s an eatery that celebrates traditional food, family values and decadent cooking – with a fresh, homely approach that’s hard to miss.
Offering a relaxed ambience, it’s ideal for a dinner with friends, family (or by the look of the few couples around us, date night). Watch as the sky turns pink behind Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain from the courtyard, or tuck yourself away in the cosy interior, bottle of wine on table.
The menu is varied, with obvious Italian influences (note the pasta that is home made), with Mains that offer something a little more voluptuous. Non banters, I’m thrilled to inform you that it’s pasta and risotto all the way. For or a slightly meatier option, the flavours are bold, daring and delicious and will leave you bursting at the seams…
We started our meal with smoked paprika and polenta dusted squid with chilli-mint salsa (R70), partnered with the slow roasted lamb and aubergine salad with garlic aioli (R85). As if that didn’t fill us up enough (be warned, the portions aren’t small), the bacon-wrapped kudu loin with blue cheese and fig compote was rich, indulgent and… wild (R155). I enjoyed the market fish of the day – tuna to be precise – on a bed of rocket with chickpea and caramalised onion (R130). Unusual, for sure, it’s an amalgamated mix of ingredients that somehow – work.
All produce is freshly made, from the hand churned butter, homemade pasta to the daily baked breads. It’s a relaxed farm stall vibe with its own touch of chic, in a beautiful location with service that is friendly, helpful and professional. Honestly, and that might be the word to describe it, we can think of nothing better.